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Tesla Motors presented its Model S and Supercharger charging system at this year’s Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt.
Tesla declared in a press release that having begun the first European deliveries of Model S this August in Norway, followed by Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, the IAA is an important platform to showcase Model S to Europe.
“The focus of Model S on design, engineering and performance makes it very well suited for the European market,” said Elon Musk, Tesla co-founder and CEO. “This year has already been one of tremendous growth and expansion throughout Europe for Tesla and Model S. Before the end of this year, our European operations will expand even further, with new stores and service centres in locations including Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Berlin, Paris, Cote d’Azur/Provence, Stavanger, Vienna, Amsterdam, Basel, Geneva, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Stockholm and London.”
Supercharger European Network
At the same time that the Model S hits European roads, Tesla started creating its Superchargers network in Europe, including one on-site at IAA.
Tesla said its Superchargers represent the most advanced charging technology in the world, capable of charging a Model S 20 times faster than most common charging stations. Superchargers provide half a charge in about 20 minutes, delivering up to 120 kilowatt of DC (Direct Current) power to the Model S battery.
Tesla’s first network of European Supercharging stations opened in Norway at the end of August, allowing Model S owners to travel conveniently and for free across Norway’s most vital and commonly used roads and highways.
Tesla said today in Frankfurt that more European routes will be energized in the coming months, providing coverage well within the Model S rated range of 480 kilometers (298 miles) per charge.
Tesla announced that by the end of 2014, 100 percent of the population of Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Denmark and Luxembourg will live within 320 kilometers (199 miles) of a Supercharger station, with about 90 percent of the population in England, Wales and Sweden living within the same distance of a charging station.
“Tesla’s Supercharger network is a game changer for electric vehicles and will offer Model S owners free, fast charging for convenient long distance drives throughout Europe,” said JB Straubel, Chief Technical Officer at Tesla. “All our Superchargers are located near amenities like roadside restaurants, cafes and shopping centresso that road trippers can stop into for a quick meal while their Model S charges for free.”